But just six years ago, Antetokounmpo was a relative unknown playing in Greece. In fact, when the Bucks took him No. 15 in the 2013 draft, that seemed a little high for a perceived project.
No. 15 was at least within the expected range by that point, though. NBA teams made up for lost time by scouting Antetokounmpo thoroughly before the draft.
Well, most NBA teams.
Jonathan Givony of ESPN:
Giorgos Panou of Octagon:
Scouts started flying to Greece. Every day, practice and games. Executives, GMs, assistant coaches – every team came. Twenty-nine teams. Except Knicks.
New York had the No. 24 pick in that draft – definitely within the range Antetokounmpo could have gone. Though he went higher, the Knicks could have possibly traded up if they had a better grasp of Antetokounmpo’s ability.
Instead, the Knicks – then run by Glen Grunwald – drafted Tim Hardaway Jr.
And we all saw how that turned out for New York.